USB Steampunk SD Memory Card Reader




About: I am a recent recipient of a BS in Computer Science. Currently working for an eDiscovery company as a web repository technician (hosting, searching and helping attorneys to process their electronic data) but...

For instructions on how to build one of these visit my instructable here!
After creating the usb flash drive I had a look around my desk and thought ! hey ! I have this old SD card reader that's positively begging for a new case! I already wrote an instructable of the proceses but I felt like posting a slideshow of the process. I still have a little bit of cleanup to do but once it's done I'll simply edit the photos! Hope you all enjoy! Let me know what you think and show me your own if you decide to follow!

This one gave me no trouble until it came to the brass ports for the led's. Then it gave me all kinds of grief. I attribute this to the dullness of the borrowed bits i was using. The flash drive I modded was made using brand new bits that I had bought shortly before while this one was created using 20+ year old bits from my dad's shop. (due to some pluming issues I was unable to use my own workshop) Note to potential builders: make sure your bits are sharp so they don't slide around and eat the sides of your carefully cut brass tubing.

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    14 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    not bad. a cap for the sd card would be nice. not to mention the cap for the plug.

    I'm so glad you asked! (heh it's an opportunity to draw another person into the rich and wonderful world of steampunk!)

    It's really quite a robust term but at it'a barest it is the collection of the following: an aesthetic, a genre of writing, music, or other entertainment, speculative fiction, etc. For the truly "devout" it is a way of life. It is an alternative to, say, aestheticism. 

    It takes the idea "what if the internal combustion engine was never invented and we still relied on steam power for everything" to the extreme. It says what if technology had continued to progress but plastic never was used. Pieces of music have strong use of machine noise and the like. Costumes and clothing have strong victorian influence. Gadgets return to a time of gears and cogs, of copper and brass. Art (the 2d, visual kind) uses darker colors and themes and uses lots of mechanical motifs. 

    For a quick and wonderful introduction you could watch movies like "Wild Wild West", "The league of extrordianry gentleman", or "Steamboy" and notice the way things look, feel, sound etc.

    Hopefully that's not too rambling but it's not easy to discuss such a rich and complex world.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    So Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd would be Steampunk-esque? I only found out about it today, and i've already got lots of projects in mind :P


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    In a way i suppose it is . . .I always thought it was more about rebelling against authority and failing by getting sucked into "the machine" (the establishment). . . .each to his own interpretation though.

    Brilliant! Glad to hear you're getting into this!


    lol ooh . . .that'd be tricky . . .perhaps if I had a mill to make super thin, flat copper sheets . . .anyone want to buy me a mill? ;)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    currently I agree since this one needs a lot of cleanup and finishing work yet but I hope that I like them equally after that! Thanks for the comment!